What is Skip Tracing? Private Investigator Podcast21:04

Published on July 29, 2019
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By Andrew for Private Investigator Advice

Skip tracing can sometimes be easy and many times it can be difficult.  Sometimes we have to locate people without them knowing and sometimes we can be obvious about locating someone.  From my experience, it can be much more difficult to locate people when it has to be done covertly.

With that being said skip tracing is an art form just like many things in the investigation industry.  It can take piecing together information that is not obviously linked.  It is following the web of information that is collected.  And that information can come from several sources including the following:

  • Proprietary Sources- I
  • Social Media
  • Family Members
  • Neighbors
  • Vehicle Information
  • Pretexting
  • Property Records
  • Criminal Records
  • Court Records
  • Permits
  • Licensing (Professional, Business, and you can check)
  • Online Searching (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc..)
Each one of these sources can lead an investigator (aka skip tracer) in a direction which can lead them to either more information or the individual.

Skip tracing in the digital and internet age has made things easier and more accessible to a Private investigator looking to find someone.  Despite all the information that is available online, information alone does not help someone piece the puzzle of information together.  Piecing information together comes with time and experience.


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